1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ Unto the chosen pilgrims of the dispersion, throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia,—
2 [Chosen] according to the fore-knowledge of God the Father, In sanctification of Spirit, Unto obedience and the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ Favour unto you and peace be multiplied!
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who according to his great mercy Hath regenerated us unto a living hope, Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from among the dead,
4 Unto an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and unfading Reserved in the heavens for you
5 who in God’s power are being guarded through faith unto salvation—Ready to be revealed in the last ripe time:
6 Wherein ye exult, Though for a little just now if needful put to grief in manifold temptations,
7 In order that the proving of your faith—Much more precious than of gold that perisheth even though by means of fire it is proved—May be found unto praise and glory and honour in the revealing of Jesus Christ,—
8 Whom not having seen ye love, On whom though at present not looking but believing ye exult with joy unspeakable and filled with glory
9 Being about to bear away the end of your faith—a salvation of souls:
10 Concerning which salvation Prophets—who concerning the favour for you did prophesy—sought out and searched out,
11 Searching into what particular or what manner of season the Spirit of Christ which was in them was pointing to when witnessing beforehand as to—The sufferings for Christ And the glories after these,—
12 Unto whom it was revealed—that Not unto themselves But unto us they were ministering them, Which things have now been announced unto you through them who have told you the good tidings with Holy Spirit sent forth from heaven: Into which things messengers are coveting to obtain a nearer view.
13 Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind Keeping sober Perseveringly direct your hope unto the favour being borne along to you in the revealing of Jesus Christ:
14 As obedient persons not configuring yourselves unto your former covetings in your ignorance:
15 But according as he that hath called you is holy do ye yourselves also become holy in all manner of behaviour,—
16 Inasmuch as it is written—Holy shall ye be, Because I am holy.
17 And if as Father ye are invoking him who without respect of persons judgeth according to each man’s work With reverence for the time of your sojourning behave ye;
18 Knowing that Not with corruptible things, with silver or gold have ye been redeemed from your unmeaning behaviour paternally handed down,
19 But with precious blood as of a lamb unblemished and unspotted of an Anointed One,—
20 Foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, But made manifest at a last stage of the times for the sake of you
21 who through him are faithful towards God,—Who raised him from among the dead and glory to him gave, So that your faith and hope are directed towards God:
22 Having purified your souls by the obedience of the truth unto unfeigned brotherly affection From the heart love one another earnestly;
23 Having been regenerated—Not out of corruptible seed But incorruptible—Through means of the word of a Living and Abiding God;
24 Inasmuch as—All flesh is as grass, And all the glory thereof as the flower of grass,—The grass hath withered And the flower hath fallen out,
25 But the declaration of the Lord age-abidingly remaineth; And this is a declaration which in the joyful message hath been announced unto you.